Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China's First Great


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  1. Andrew Andrew says:

    A fun and fast read with a compelling narrative This book is an intervention in comparative military history Rather than look at either the Dutch as Europeans or the Chinese as East Asians in isolation, Andrade compares how they fared in a direct confrontation in mid 17th century Taiwan The conclusion is the Dutch nearly won because they had Renaissance Style fort architecture, comprised of cross firing bastions and thickly walled redoubts, as well as superior ships They ultimately lost A fun and fast read with a compelling narrative This book is an intervention in comparative military history Rather than look at either the Dutch as Europeans or the Chinese as East Asians in isolation, Andrade compares how they fared in a direct confrontation in mid 17th century Taiwan The conclusion is the Dutch nearly won because they had Renaissance Style fort architecture, comprised of cross firing bastions and thickly walled redoubts, as well as superior ships They ultimately lost Zeelandia Castle in western Taiwan to the half Chinese, half Japanese Koxinga Zheng Chenggong because he was an exceptional strategist who drew from multiple traditions when creating, outfitting, and training his versatile armies In comparison, the Dutch leader Coyet was a poor strategist who missed many opportunities to break the siege of his fort Weapons technology cannon and muskets were much closer across parties than I would have expected Indeed, one of Andrade s main arguments is that we can t look at Europe as simply breaking away from and superseding Asia in regards to military technology in the late 2nd millennium There was muchdiffusion and cross learning That being said, the superiority of the Dutch ships and forts was acknowledged by all sides even then One lingering question for me was why the Chinese didn t then start adapting the architectural technology in their coastal forts That had the ruins of many examples Is architecture an inherentlyconservative technology Could only a cosmopolitan like Koxinga pick it up Andrade also makes an argument about global cooling in the 17th century driving warfare and ruining crops For me this was a bit of a distraction, readinglike an effort to dip into climate change interest than really engage with the problem and its potential consequences That is, it stimulated manyquestions for me than it answered Also, his climate related citations are all to military historians, and not to environmental historians


  2. Patricia Patricia says:

    Others have described the historical point in China s and the Dutch East India s histories that the book focuses on, so let me focus on the question of style The scholarship is very good the author has done a huge amount of research and the notes and sources are excellent for follow up, clarification, etc Having heard of Koxinga and his role in Chinese history, I was looking forfacts about him, his drivers, his behaviour, etc what makes him obviously intriguing is his colourful person Others have described the historical point in China s and the Dutch East India s histories that the book focuses on, so let me focus on the question of style The scholarship is very good the author has done a huge amount of research and the notes and sources are excellent for follow up, clarification, etc Having heard of Koxinga and his role in Chinese history, I was looking forfacts about him, his drivers, his behaviour, etc what makes him obviously intriguing is his colourful personality and the fact that he did defeat the Dutch The book answered all my questions about him and this particular incident in Chinese history.However, I only awarded it 3 1 2 stars because I felt the book was bigger than the story The book s viewpoint is somewhat unique the story clearly relates a historical freeze frame , and my book group which reads Asian non fiction chose it for this reason, but the story was told using fiction writing techniques the use of rhetoric, for example, and dramatic build ups, and turn arounds which I just found annoying by their too frequent use It got to the point where whenever a chapter was ending on a So here was a good plan ending, you just knew the next chapter would open with a But they decided not to follow it opening There is also too much repetition of facts that most readers will have remembered from their first appearance Am I glad I read Lost Colony Yes, but I wish a good editor had helped Professor Andrade with the structure and style


  3. Rob Hocking Rob Hocking says:

    Lost Colony The Untold Story of China s First Great Victory over the WestThis was one of the most entertaining and best written books I ve read in years History, but reads like a fast paced action novel It tells the story of how Taiwan originally a Dutch colony was annexed in the 1660s by the Ming loyalist KoxingaThe story is eerily similar to that of Chiang Kai shek in the 20th century having lost the civil war between the existing Ming Dynasty and the invading Qing armies w Lost Colony The Untold Story of China s First Great Victory over the WestThis was one of the most entertaining and best written books I ve read in years History, but reads like a fast paced action novel It tells the story of how Taiwan originally a Dutch colony was annexed in the 1660s by the Ming loyalist KoxingaThe story is eerily similar to that of Chiang Kai shek in the 20th century having lost the civil war between the existing Ming Dynasty and the invading Qing armies whom would shortly set up the Qing dynasty China s last dynasty , Koxinga s real goal was to use Taiwan as a base with which to regroup in order to counter attack the mainland and restore the Ming dynasty To do this he needed to first kick the Dutch out, but this was only ever supposed to be a stepping stone along the way to his real goal However like Chiang Kai shek Koxinga failed to retake the mainland in fact, he died a year or so after defeating the Dutch, a process which itself took around a year , and roughly 20 years later the Qing dynasty conquered Taiwan, turning it first into a part of Fujian province and then later into a province in its own right by contrast it s been just over 70 years since Chiang Kai shek s Republic of China fled to Taiwan, and they are still holding out against the People s Republic of China on the mainland.I was already vaguely familiar with this story because I ve read about it in Forbidden Nation A History of Taiwan , and because I ve been to the present day ruins of Fort Zeelandia the former Dutch fortress around which most of the story revolves in present day Tainan city in Southwest Taiwan Fort Zeelandia is now called Anping Old Fort , and contains a museum where you can read the story of Koxinga there is also a gift shop where you can buy among other things beer However, neither of these sources told the story in anywhere near as much detail or in anywhere near as entertaining a fashion as this book.Aside from telling this story, this book is also interested in analyzing why it is that the West was able to dominate the world from roughly the 1600s onwards, instead of just after the industrial revolution The author argues that the Sino Dutch war described in his book gives us valuable insight into this question, as it is one of the few well documented examples of a major battle between Eastern and Western armies in the period after 1600 but before the industrial revolution The author believes that there are essentially two factors The first is the superiority of European vessels, in particular in terms of their ability to sail into the wind He argues that this technology developed out of necessity in Europe because wind patterns there are very complex By contrast, in Asia wind patterns are simple one direction for half the year, and the opposite from the other half, and hence advanced sail rigging was never developed He explains how Koxinga s failure to understand the ability of European vessels to sail into the wind nearly cost him to lose the war he timed his invasion so that when he arrived, winds would already be blowing from the South, which he thought would prevent word of his invasion from making it to the Dutch East Indies in present day Indonesia He was wrong about this a ship managed to make the voyage against the wind and he was taken totally by surprise when a Dutch war fleet arrived from the East Indies to save the besieged inhabitants of Fort Zeelandia.The other factor he considers to be of great importance is the superiority of European fortress design what he calls the renaissance fortress My understanding of what this means is just a fortress designed in such a way that the cannons on the walls have fewer blind spots i.e areas they can t reach which in turn is accomplished by having a protrusion on each of the four corners of the Fortress Koxinga initially expected he would be able to storm Fort Zeelandia in the same way he was used to storming city walls in China and was shocked when his men were ripped to shreds Koxinga expected to be able to take the fort in about a week instead, it took over a year, and in the end, it seems he was only able to succeed because of a German officer who switched sides and explained to him how to penetrate the defences of the fort.This analysis was interesting, but it wasn t the most attractive aspect of the book to me Mainly I just found it to be great story, and for that reason, I d recommend it even to people who have no interest in Chinese Taiwanese history, or who don t care about why Europeans were able to dominate the world in the period between 1600 and the industrial revolution


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  5. Justin Justin says:

    A very detailed story about a chunk of history I was completely ignorant of The author did a great job of explaining known events and relating them to the time period, without becoming dull or droning I definitely recommend this read to history buffs, particularly military history buffs.


  6. Joyce Bergvelt Joyce Bergvelt says:

    Uitstekend non fictie werk over de in vergetelheid geraakte geschiedenis van de Nederlandse kolonisatie van Formosa, het vroegere Taiwan, tijdens de zeventiende eeuw Op zeer leesbare wijze vertelt de Amerikaanse wereldhistoricus Tonio Andrade hoe het komt dat een superieure zeemacht zoals die van de VOC het kon verliezen tegen het leger van de Chinese krijgsheer Koxinga, de zoon van een piraat Leest bijna als een roman Aanrader voor iedereen die belangstelling heeft voor de koloniale geschied Uitstekend non fictie werk over de in vergetelheid geraakte geschiedenis van de Nederlandse kolonisatie van Formosa, het vroegere Taiwan, tijdens de zeventiende eeuw Op zeer leesbare wijze vertelt de Amerikaanse wereldhistoricus Tonio Andrade hoe het komt dat een superieure zeemacht zoals die van de VOC het kon verliezen tegen het leger van de Chinese krijgsheer Koxinga, de zoon van een piraat Leest bijna als een roman Aanrader voor iedereen die belangstelling heeft voor de koloniale geschiedenis van Nederland, ook voor een minder glorieuze periode zoals deze, waarin een kolonie verloren is gegaan Goede Nederlandse vertaling door Tristan Mostert, en voorzien van prachtig historisch beeldmateriaal


  7. Lucas Lucas says:

    Excellent scholarship, smashing read.


  8. Bill Johnston Bill Johnston says:

    I don t want to be too negative here I m glad I read this book for its look into this 17th century battle between China and the Dutch and it s comparison of their military technologies and strategies.But for a book called Lost Colony , it leaves out too much of the history of the colony When was it founded Who did the Dutch find there How did they develop it The colony is the title character here The end is described in detail, and then in the afterward Andrade touches on why the Dutch de I don t want to be too negative here I m glad I read this book for its look into this 17th century battle between China and the Dutch and it s comparison of their military technologies and strategies.But for a book called Lost Colony , it leaves out too much of the history of the colony When was it founded Who did the Dutch find there How did they develop it The colony is the title character here The end is described in detail, and then in the afterward Andrade touches on why the Dutch decided not to rebuild the colony when they had the chance years later, after winning battles that showed they could have if they d chosen to.Perhaps this book would have been better titled Coxinga A Biography, so readers would know what they were getting It begins with a biography of Coxinga s father, including his relations with the already established Dutch colony on Formosa Then it details Coxinga s entire life, and in the afterward mentions some notable events in the twenty years thereafter


  9. Joshua Lim Joshua Lim says:

    Lost Colony is a smooth, entertaining read on how Zheng Chenggong aka Koxinga conquered the Dutch colony on Taiwan in 1661 The book places this narrative in the context of broader discussions of European preeminence in military affairs over that of Asian societies The Sino Dutch War provides an example of how tenuous this preeminence was In the case of the battle for Taiwan, the Dutch possessed superiority over Koxinga s forces in ships and fortifications Andrade asserts that it was good l Lost Colony is a smooth, entertaining read on how Zheng Chenggong aka Koxinga conquered the Dutch colony on Taiwan in 1661 The book places this narrative in the context of broader discussions of European preeminence in military affairs over that of Asian societies The Sino Dutch War provides an example of how tenuous this preeminence was In the case of the battle for Taiwan, the Dutch possessed superiority over Koxinga s forces in ships and fortifications Andrade asserts that it was good leadership on Koxinga s side, and the weather matteredin the end


  10. Mathijs Loo Mathijs Loo says:

    Wereldgeschiedenis weet me steeds beteri als onderwerp te boeien Dit boek behandelt de wereldgeschiedenis op een redelijk microniveau dan ik gewend ben De Val van Formosa behandelt een episode in de Europese Chinese geschiedenis en de Militaire Revolutie Tonio Andrade heeft vele bronnen geraadpleegd voor dit boek, zowel Chinese als Europese en daarmee weet hij een zeer volledig beeld van de belegering van Fort Zeelandia te geven.


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Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China's First Great Victory over the West ❰Epub❯ ➝ Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China's First Great Victory over the West Author Tonio Andrade – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk How a Chinese pirate defeated European colonialists and won Taiwan during the seventeenth centuryDuring the seventeenth century, Holland created the world s most dynamic colonial empire, outcompeting How a Chinese pirate defeated The Untold Epub á European colonialists and won Taiwan during the seventeenth centuryDuring the seventeenth century, Holland created the world s most dynamic colonial empire, outcompeting the British and capturing Spanish and Portuguese colonies Yet, in the Sino Dutch War Europe Lost Colony: PDF/EPUB ² s first war with China the Dutch met their match in a colorful Chinese warlord named Koxinga Part samurai, part pirate, he led his generals to victory over the Dutch and captured one of their largest and richest colonies Taiwan How did he Colony: The Untold MOBI õ do it Examining the strengths and weaknesses of European and Chinese military techniques during the period, Lost Colony provides a balanced new perspective on long held assumptions about Western power, Chinese might, and the nature of warIt has traditionally been asserted that Europeans of the era possessed advanced science, technology, and political structures than their Eastern counterparts, but historians have recently contested this view, arguing that many parts of Asia developed on pace with Europe untilWhile Lost Colony shows that the Dutch did indeed possess a technological edge thanks to the Renaissance fort and the broadside sailing ship, that edge was neutralized by the formidable Chinese military leadership Thanks to a rich heritage of ancient war wisdom, Koxinga and his generals outfoxed the Dutch at every turnExploring a period when the military balance between Europe and China was closer than at any other point in modern history, Lost Colony reassesses an important chapter in world history and offers valuable and surprising lessons for contemporary times Library Journal.

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  • Hardcover
  • 431 pages
  • Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China's First Great Victory over the West
  • Tonio Andrade
  • English
  • 20 February 2019
  • 0691144559

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